Ritual - White Lies
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23

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  1. Apr 30, 2014
    Sadly, not their best work, although scattered with some great songs. I feel the band left their signature sound heard on TLML, thankfully rekindled on their third album 'Big TV'. 'Better Than Us' an incredible song.
  2. Aug 19, 2013
    A reasonable album, but not as good as the first album, The album seems to be missing a really decent tune that To Lose My Life had with Death. Overall though it's not as bad as the critics say.
  3. Aug 25, 2012
    The ebola virus. Climate change. Thermonuclear warfare. Your grandmother in your wife's sexy lingerie. Islamofascism. The christian Apocolypse. These are just a small selection of very bad things that are infinitely better for you than this album and the band that produced it. I say produced, but perhaps begat is more accurate. Extruded perhaps. What is the term for the explosion that occurs when you squeeze a puss filled pimple? Whatever it is, that is the word that describes the creation of this album. Its is terrible. Horrible. Abuse for the ears. Intelligence destroying filth. The sound is somewhere between a bad pub band covering Joy Division and your mum singing her favourite Duran Duran tracks while scrubbing the toilet. But its the lyrics that really define this abortion of an album. Think of every annoying 13 year old girl you have ever known, take all of their diaries, find all of the pages where they describe just how much they love their English teacher and how no-one understands the depth of their devotion, set it to the aforementioned bad pub band/joy division/your mum/Duran Duran sound track and you have some idea of of how utterly bad this steaming pile of crap is. It has no redeming features at all. It adds nothing to humanity, art, music, culture. It does howver steal minute from your life that you can never recover. For your sake and the sake of human kind, stay away from this album and its predecessor - maybe then this band will go away and we will all be safe Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2011
    Do not listen to the critics. There is a reason this band play sell out shows and this is it. Totally immense. The album starts strong and it ends strong, it just never lets up. A must have.
  5. May 31, 2011
    "Ritual" is a great second album for the trio from Shepherd's Bush known as White Lies. It continues to bring the anthemic, stadium sounding noise, combined with soul lifting rock, which makes for fantastic listening. This band are certainly on their way to greatness
  6. Mar 3, 2011
    Strong, mature album. Most of the songs are single material, but there are also a couple of misses, unfortunately. Overall a great follow up to the debut.
  7. Jan 22, 2011
    Not as good as TLML but definitely not that bad!
    so track by track:
    Is love? - boring from the start but then it shows as one of the album's highlights
    strangers - catchy but unoriginal and repetitive
    bigger than us - great choice for first single one of better songs
  8. Jan 22, 2011
    I'm a huge WL fan and this album didn't disappoint. They've changed they're style a bit and some of the songs seem almost positive on this record. I do miss their melancholic tones from their first album though. If you're a fan you will already have the album. Some songs flop which is disappointing and I'd say that the album is better received when listened as a whole and not just the odd track here and there. Expand

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Apr 4, 2011
    The album delivers on the promise. {Feb 2011, p.104]
  2. Ritual is an enthralling album, highlighting a band flexing their musical muscles, trying to grow and add new sounds to their existing palette.
  3. Feb 1, 2011
    The Ealing doom merchants come of age. [Feb. 2011, p. 110]